The man Hopkinsville Police call the “Southside Prowler” was indicted by the Christian County Grand Jury today on charges unrelated to recent incidents.
The Grand Jury indicted 33-year old Michael McLendon of Hopkinsville on charges of being a persistent felony offender after jurors decided there was enough evidence to send him to trial for a felony theft from two years ago.
McLendon is accused of being the man who broke into the Hunting Creek Road home of former Hopkinsville City Councilman Dave Fernandez on June 23rd of 2010 and who ransacked several rooms before stealing his 2004 Ford Thunderbird.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Lynn Pryor explains what the persistent felony offender charge means.
She says McLendon won’t be getting out of jail anytime soon, if he’s convicted.
Ms. Pryor says the PFO indictment is reserved for criminals who show a propensity to violate the law after several “second chances” and says McLendon fits that description.
McLendon wasn’t arrested on the theft charge until March of this year—about 21 months after the crime—and Ms. Pryor says the time it took to process DNA evidence found at the crime scene and in the car is the reason in the delay.
She says Kentucky’s one crime lab processes evidence from homicides first and that delays processing in other cases.
McLendon appeared in Christian District Court on attempted burglary charges early in the day and pled not guilty and will have a court trial Wednesday morning at 10. That was after Hopkinsville Police served him with two arrest warrants at the jail around 3:15pm Thursday for charges of probation violation.
Hopkinsville Police Public Information Officer Paul Ray says those warrants mark 16 times McLendon has been arrested by HPD since 1994. McLendon will appear in the Christian Circuit Courtroom of Judge Andrew Self Wednesday afternoon at 1 for arraignment on the probation violation charges.